Power window does not go up

My driver's side power window does not go up.
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Hello, there are multiple reasons the window is no longer working. The first thing that you could check is your fuses. if the fuses are good then it could be the window regulator, the window motor, the switch or wiring that has failed. With some simple electrical testing the cause can be found a recommendation can be made. You may need the aid of a mechanic who can remove the door panel and perform some electrical testing. They will be able to diagnose your window and determine what repairs should be made.

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If your car window will go down but not up, then the problem is likely a bad window switch. Identifying a malfunctioning window switch is sort of the opposite of diagnosing a bad window motor.
Open and slam your door while holding the window switch in the up position while the ignition is on. Hold the window switch in the up position and hit the spot over the motor with something blunt, like your fist.
Grip the window between your palms and slide it up.

Pressing the glass firmly between your palms, slowly move your hands up to raise the window. If there`s not much of the window sticking up, try to pull it up a little with your fingers so you can get your palms on it.

An electric window circuit

The switch is wired to the battery via a relay and a fuse or a circuit breaker. Although they can be a real convenience (no more leaning over the passenger seat to open or close the window) they can also be a considerable annoyance when they stop working.

You might be able to put your power window up manually by pressing your palms together on both sides of the window and slowly moving it up. If your power window motor is still somewhat operational, it might help to have someone press the window switch to the “close” position while you`re doing this.
Expect to pay as little as $20 if you`re just replacing a blown fuse. Swapping out a window switch will usually run $150-$250. Replacing a window motor will likely cost $300-$400. Keep in mind that these numbers will rise for upscale vehicles.
Power windows are controlled by switches and wires and are powered by battery or electricity. Power windows do not function if the ignition of the car is not turned on. Unlike the traditional windows, power windows do not have manual handles. They do not work manually.
How do I know if my power window motor is bad? If your window won`t close completely, it doesn`t move as quickly as it used to, the window doesn`t move at all, or there are strange noises or smells when you press a power window switch, the power window motor has likely failed.
Look at the fuse wire. If there is a visible gap in the wire or a dark or metallic smear inside the glass then the fuse is blown and needs to be replaced.

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